Russian Government Decides Against OTC Drugs At Supermarkets

UrBC, Moscow, June 28, 2019. The federal authorities are no longer working on the draft bill regarding allowing supermarkets to sell over-the-counter drugs, Kommersant refers to the Russian Government’s Social Development Department’s letter to a number of ministries as stating.

The decision to not go through with the idea is believed to be related with the recent changes in the Cabinet. The draft bill was initially proposed by First Vice Premier Igor Shuvalov, who became head of Vnesheconombank (VEB) at the end of May. Besides, former Health Minister Tatiana Golikova re-joined the Cabinet as Vice Premier after leaving her post at the Accounts Chamber.

According to Golikova’s representative Sofia Malyavina, the draft bill received a lot of negative public feedback, so the Industry & Trade Ministry suggested that the idea be given up on.


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